We need to know some things about spiritual warfare, if we don’t want to feel like we are getting run off the road constantly in our Christian walk. It is not complicated, but, for some reason, this knowledge is perishable in the minds of many Christians. We forget. We forget that our battle is not against flesh and blood. In other words, we forget that people are not our problem. Neither are circumstances. Demons, evil, and sin – these are our problem. They plant lies in our thinking, which produce a harvest of fear, anger, lust, division, and death in our hearts if we don’t uproot them. It has been this way since Genesis 3, which, if we are reading through the Bible in a year in typical fashion, we have read already. And it’s interesting how Genesis 3 informs every other story we read in the Bible. The battle lines have been clearly laid out.
This brings up the fact that sometimes the word “warfare” can be misleading or overwhelming. In Ephesians 6:10-18, one of our primary texts about spiritual warfare, we learn that the way we fight these battles is by not fighting at all, at least not in the traditional sense, but by standing. Our only offensive weapon is Scripture. It’s called a sword, but we don’t wield it like a physical sword. In Matthew 4, Jesus used Scripture against the Devil directly, but keep in mind that it struck a blow more by fortifying Jesus than by winning some argument with Satan. We don’t win contests or games against demons; we win by not playing games with demons at all. Jesus, when He was tempted, refused to play the Devil’s game. It works the same with us. It’s not about being clever or quick with a Scripture verse, it’s about BELIEVING Scripture rather than lies. That’s really what Jesus modeled. In other words, it’s about believing the truth rather than lies. It’s about trusting God. When you identify and label a lie, you take back its power over you and your thinking. We don’t directly debate with lies; we dismiss them. We may debate with people, yes, but that’s a different matter. Remember this and shield yourself with the truth of the Gospel today. Say “no” to all the lies around you. There’s more to it, but this is the lion’s share of what is meant by the term “spiritual warfare.” And this is the part you need to understand right away. This is also one of the clear and wonderful benefits of simply reading your Bible more.